A Champion Showed Up at Saratoga

Yesterday, 50,000 fans packed Saratoga Race Course to watch Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.  The rest of the card was just for show.  Outside of the handicappers, most people couldn’t tell you one thing about the rest of the card.  But just shy of 45 minutes before the Travers, a globetrotter showed up.  Juddmonte has owned some of the greatest race horses in history, Frankel, Dancing Brave, Twice Over, Warning, Danehill, Rail Link, Ryafan, Cacique, Empire Maker, Seek Again, Cityscape, and numerous others.  And that is just the horses that I found with a once over of their Wikipedia page.  One horse not in that conversation, Flintshire.  Looking at a piece of paper that shows what races he has won, very unimpressive.  For a horse that has raced 16 times with only 4 wins and only one win since July of 2013, what is there to like about him? How about his 8 seconds? Or his multiple runner up finishes to the world’s best horse, Treve?  Or maybe how he has races in 5 different countries?  Or how his pedigree is top class?  Flintshire just doesn’t like to win… well rather he likes a firm ground and going right handed.  Sorry buddy, you won’t be getting both of those conditions anywhere I know.  But at least he got the firm ground he has been looking for.

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2015 Travers Stakes

HRS Summer SeriesAmerican Pharoah makes his next start today at Saratoga in the Travers Stakes.  Unlike in the Haskell, there is no pace in this race to challenge American Pharoah early.  While usually I would make that situation a winning one, there have been far too many lone speed leaders go down at the wire at Saratoga, not to mention as a favorite.  American Pharoah enters the Graveyard of Champions hoping to do what many of his predecessors couldn’t do before him, win at Saratoga.  Neither Secretariat nor Man O’War could come away with a win.  But American Pharoah is 17 Man O’War’s (at least Man O’War appears 17 times in American Pharoah’s extended pedigree).  Only Whirlaway has done the Triple Crown-Travers double.  Could it be done today?  Well let’s see.\

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New Feature: Los Alamitos Pick Sheets

Starting this weekend, Horse Racing Station will carry Los Alamitos Pick Sheets for sale for $5.  Each Pick Sheet will contain selections for the whole weekend of racing from Los Alamitos (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).  Pick Sheets will be out at least 12 hours before the first post on Friday.  Visit the Los Alamitos Selections page above for more details.

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UPDATE: Paypal is not allowing me to send pdfs.  Until this is fixed, you can get free Los Alamitos Pick Sheets on the page above.

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Travers 2015 Post Position Draw

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  1. Upstart 15-1 (Irad Ortiz, Jr., Richard Violette, Jr.)
  2. American Pharoah 1-5 (Victor Espinoza, Bob Baffert)
  3. Mid Ocean 50-1 (Manny Franco, George Weaver)
  4. Texas Red 8-1 (Kent Desormeaux, Keith Desormeaux)
  5. Frammento 30-1 (Jose Ortiz, Nicholas Zito)
  6. Frosted 6-1 (Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin)
  7. Keen Ice 12-1 (Javier Castellano, Dale Romans)
  8. Tale Of Verve 30-1 (Gary Stevens, Dallas Stewart)
  9. King Of New York 50-1 (Julien Leparoux, Dale Romans)
  10. Smart Transition 20-1 (John Velazquez, John Shirreffs)

My analysis and selections will be available this Friday.

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Road to the Breeders’ Cup 2015: Summer Outlook

HRS Breeders Cup CoverageFall racing will begin in 3-4 weeks which begins the Road to the Breeders Cup.  But before that happens, it is time to look at the contenders for the Breeders’ Cup races.  Each race is chock full of competition, with horses from across the country and across the world.  Some of the world’s best will converge on Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup.  Few meets in the world are considered championship meets: The Dubai World Cup, Royal Ascot, Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, British Champions Day, Japan Cup, the Hong Kong International Festival, and of course the Breeders’ Cup champion that list.  Each year, fans and handicappers try to figure out who will come out of each race and take the divisional crown, and this year is no different.  So, without further adieu, let’s kick of the Road to the Breeders’ Cup.

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Hambletonian Pure Speed Figures

HRS Summer SeriesThe second biggest weekend of horse racing in New Jersey is barely a week removed from the Haskell Invitational.  Meadowlands hosts the biggest race in harness racing and the first leg of the Trotters Triple Crown, the Hambletonian.  19 horses have entered, therefore two heats will be run (races 8 and 9), with the top 5 finishers competing in the Hambletonian 2 hours later.  With a huge day of races at the premier harness racing venue, I made my Pure Speed Figures for the Hambletonian Elimination races.  Good Luck and Enjoy the Races!

Download: Hambletonian Pure Speed Figures

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William Hill Haskell Invitational 2015 Field

HRS Summer Series

The field is now set for Sunday’s William Hill Haskell Invitational!  Headlining the field is Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.  Only 2 of the other 7 horses raced in the Triple Crown, Upstart and Competitive Edge.  The purse was upped to $1,750,000 just yesterday to lure some of the cross entrants (like those two) into this race and no the Jim Dandy from Saratoga (which will be run on Saturday).  Here is the field with Morning Line odds and known jockeys:

  1. Upstart 6-1 (Joe Bravo)
  2. Competitive Edge 8-1 (Mike Smith)
  3. Nonna’s Boy 30-1 (TBA)
  4. American Pharoah 1-5 (Victor Espinoza)
  5. Mr. Jordan 15-1 (Paco Lopez)
  6. Keen Ice 12-1 (Kent Desormeaux)
  7. Top Clearance 30-1 (Abel Castellano, Jr.)
  8. Dontbetwithbruno 30-1 (TBA)
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